Most Dangerous States

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America's Most Dangerous Places

When considering the safety and security of the United States, it's crucial to recognize the diverse and complex factors that contribute to the overall safety of each state. These factors range from crime rates and law enforcement effectiveness to issues related to firearms, social equity, transportation, and personal welfare.

This report aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the safety levels across all 50 states in the U.S. To achieve this, we have compared states across five key categories: Crime and Law Enforcement, Firearms and Violence, Welfare and Personal Security, Safety & Social Equity, and Transportation Safety. These categories offer a holistic view of the factors that contribute to the overall safety and danger levels in each state.

Key findings from the data include:

  • Louisiana as the Most Dangerous State. Topping the list with a total score of 51.4, Louisiana is ranked as the most dangerous state. This high score is influenced by significant challenges in categories like Crime and Law Enforcement (14.1) and Welfare and Personal Security (15.2).
  • Alaska, with a total score of 55.1, ranks second, largely due to its high score in Firearms and Violence (14.5). This suggests a critical area of concern for the state in terms of firearm-related incidents and violence.
  • Concerns in Welfare and Personal Security: Mississippi, ranking sixth with a total score of 58.3, shows particular challenges in Welfare and Personal Security (19.8), indicating issues related to the overall well-being and protection of its citizens.
  • States like Nevada (ranked 5th with a total score of 58.2) and Tennessee (ranked 4th with a total score of 58.0) have notable scores in Transportation Safety (6.6 and 7.7, respectively), highlighting transportation-related safety as a significant concern.
  • States like New Mexico (ranked 3rd with a total score of 55.4) and South Carolina (ranked 7th with a total score of 59.1) show considerable scores in Safety & Social Equity (6.6 and 7.4, respectively), pointing towards issues in social justice and equality that may impact overall safety.

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Methodology

To determine the safest states the 50 states were compared across five key categories:

  1. Crime and Law Enforcement
  2. Firearms and Violence
  3. Welfare and Personal Security
  4. Safety & Social Equity
  5. Transportation Safety

Each of these was defined via individual metrics that were representative of the category. There were a total of 32 metrics which are listed below. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 being the max. Each metric had state scores distributed from 0 to 100.

Finally, each state’s weighted average was determined across all metrics to calculate category scores. These were then summed to generate the final rank order of the states.

Crime and Law Enforcement (30%)

  • Violent Crime Rate - Triple Weight (7.2)
  • Non-violent Crime Rate - Regular Weight (2.4)
  • Recidivism Rate - Regular Weight (2.4)
  • Human Trafficking Cases Rate per 100K - Double Weight (4.8)
  • Homicides per 100k People - Double Weight (4.8)
  • Imprisonment Rate per 100k residents  - Half Weight (1.2)
  • Police Officers per 100k - Double Weight (4.8)
  • Assault Rate per 100k - Regular Weight (2.4)

Firearms and Violence  (25%)

  • Gun Ownership Rate - Regular Weight (3.6)
  • Mass Shootings Rate per 100k - Double Weight (7.1)
  • Gun Deaths per Capita - Triple Weight (10.7)
  • Nonfatal Gun Injuries per 100k - Regular Weight (3.6)

Welfare and Personal Security (25%)

  • Identity-Theft Complaints per Capita - Regular Weight (2.5)
  • Fraud Complaints per Capita - Double Weight (5.0)
  • Cyber Crime Victims per 100k - Regular Weight (2.5)
  • Drug Death Rate - Double Weight (5.0)
  • Property Crime Rate per 100k - Regular Weight (2.5)
  • Larceny Thefts per 100k - Regular Weight (2.5)
  • % of Illicit Drug Use in Adults - Double Weight (5.0)

Safety & Social Equity (10%)

  • Abortions due to Rape Rate - Regular Weight (1.0)
  • % of Domestic Violence Against Women - Regular Weight (1.0)
  • % of Sexual Harassment - Double Weight (2.0)
  • Workers Fatality Rate per 100k - Regular Weight (1.0)
  • Hate Groups per Capita - Double Weight (2.0)
  • Hate-Crime Incidents per Capita - Double Weight (2.0)
  • Deaths due to Intentional self-harm per 100k - Single Weight (1.0)

Transportation Safety (10%)

  • % of Motorcyclist Fatalities - Regular Weight (1.2)
  • Car Accidents Fatalities Rate - Double Weight (2.4)
  • % of Drivers fatalities with known BAC results - Regular Weight (1.2)
  • Pedestrian Fatality rate per 100k people - Double Weight (2.4)
  • % of Unrestrained Fatally Injured Occupants - Half (0.6)
  • % of Bicyclists Fatalities - Double Weight (2.4)
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